Two more sleeps.
As everyone who has watched the Raptors during Lowry’s tenure knows, his impact often defies raw statistics. To use the parlance of coaches, Lowry is a winning player. He makes winning plays, whether it is sliding into place to help prevent a straight drive to the bucket or pushing the ball up the court quickly to make sure his team is attacking an unprepared defence.
Unless you have the finest technology, you cannot count those things. They tend to show up elsewhere, though.
“I think the two best things for Lowry’s Hall of Fame case going forward would be to either stay with the Raptors through the end of his career or become a key veteran player on another franchise that makes the NBA Finals or conference finals,” Harris said. “Both of those roads hold a narrative appeal. Say he plays until he’s 37 or 38 with Toronto, that’s 12 or 13 seasons with the Raptors making him the undisputed historical cornerstone of an NBA franchise. The other path gives him some cachet as ‘the missing piece’ some club needed to get over the hump, and all that jazz, that makes for a compelling story.”
Raptors fans obviously have a preference. Whichever way Lowry’s career goes, it is difficult to imagine him on a bad team again. His game has become synonymous with winning, which is probably the first bullet point on his Hall of Fame résumé.